Take 3: Haunted hotels


Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
Queenmary. com
The liner, which plied the Atlantic in the early 19th century, saw deaths in its day and some troubled souls apparently remain including two men crushed by the engine-room door. The cries of children who drowned in the pool have been reported. Now docked as a hotel, the Queen Mary embraces its spectres with tours and horror shows. Doubles from $88 (€65).

Ettington Park Hotel,
Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The scene of the 1963 film The Haunting, this hotel is supposedly full of ghouls. Guests and staff have seen a woman in Victorian clothing; a man and dog appearing in the library; a woman in a white gown gliding along corridors; and two boys who drowned in the 1800s in the Stour River. Doubles from £125 (€148).

Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa,
Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh
This 13th-century castle witnessed great unrest, including royal battles, and there’s a high class of ghost here including Sir Alexander Ramsay, who was starved to death in 1342, while Lady Catherine, who died here in the 1720s, is said to roam the turrets. Dining is in the 13th-century dungeon. Doubles from £120 (€143).

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